Andrew Jackson wins the most decisive battle of the War of 1812 - the Battle of New Orleans.
Novelist Wilkie Collins (The Moonstone) born in London.
Songwriter and blues guitarist Tampa Red born in Smithville, Georgia.
Teacher Evelyn Wood, who founded a speed reading course called Reading Dynamics, born in Logan, Utah.
Actor, comedian, and kids show host Soupy Sales born in Franklinton, North Carolina.
Radio and television commentator Charles Osgood (CBS Sunday Morning) born in New York.
Elvis born in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Singer Shirley Bassey (Goldfinger) born Tiger Bay, Wales.
English comedian Graham Chapman (Monty Python) born in Leicester, England.
Rocker David Bowie born in Brixton, England.
Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is exhibited in the United States for the first time, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Beginning of Japanese Heisei period.
This is the first day after the death of the Emperor Hirohito who is posthumous renamed Emperor Showa which was the name of the period in which he ruled.
President George Bush pukes on the Japanese prime minister's lap during a Japanese tour.
Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords is the target of an assassination attempt by Jared Lee Loughner.
Six people are and 13 are wounded, including Giffords.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Nivôse 19 Marbre